Departmental Undergraduate Group (DUG)

The International Relations Department Undergraduate Group (IR DUG) is an organization consisting of IR concentrators and potential concentrators. The DUG is intended to be both a resource for students exploring the IR concentration and a means of organizing events of interest to IR concentrators or others interested in international relations.

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The IR DUG meets Thursdays at 7:00pm Wilson 204. For more information about the group and its activities, or to be added to the DUG listserv, please contact

DUG activities include:

  • Annual themed speaker series
  • Concentration information sessions and social events
  • Professor dinners
  • Advising hours
  • Degree days events

Posters of DUG events


The IR DUG Leaders

Shelby Centofanti ('15)

Shelby is a senior International Relations concentrator pursuing the Political Economy and Society track. She is an honors thesis candidate writing about Conditional Cash Transfer programs in Latin America, and she studied abroad in Granada, Spain in Fall 2012. Outside of the IR DUG, Shelby is involved with J Street U Brown, Brown University Simulations of the United Nations, Brown-RISD Hillel, and figureskating@Brown.

Rebecca Lullo (’15)

Rebecca is a senior concentrating in International Relations, Security and Society track, with a regional focus on Latin America. Her academic interests include the effects of economic policies on national and international security, human rights and the global impact of technological advances. Last fall, Rebecca studied abroad in Havana, Cuba. She spent the last two summers interning at the U.S. Department of State and the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, both in Washington, D.C. On campus, she has worked as a research assistant at the Watson Institute, as a teaching assistant and as a Meiklejohn peer advisor, and is also involved in Brown Club Swimming. Rebecca is happy to answer any questions relating to IR, course selection and/or study abroad. 

Lauren Toy ('16)
Vice President

Lauren is a junior pursuing the Political Economy and Society track with a regional focus on Latin America. Her particular academic interests include foreign intervention, economic policy and development, and migration. She also enjoys speaking and practicing Spanish whenever possible. Outside of the IR DUG, Lauren plays for the varsity lacrosse team and is involved in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She would be happy to answer any questions concentrators or potential concentrators may have.

Krishnanand Kelkar ('15)
Social Media/Publicity Chair

Krishnanand Kelkar is a senior studying International Relations on the society and security track with a geographic focus on Japan. Kris chose not to go abroad while at Brown, because in high school he spent 3 months in Japan on a study abroad through a program with the University of Wisconsin. He loves digital and social media and photography. He works on campus helping with digital communications at the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, the LGBTQ Center, and the Brown Alumni Association and helps the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life coordinate the Brown Religious Literacy Project.